Being a Spanish Teacher: a challenge and an opportunity

11 March, 2018

I'm Ursula, and I'm very happy that I decided to take this course. I discovered a new world through doing it. I think that there is still a lot that can be done and I know that personally I still have a lot to learn – there's a lot of work to look forward to! It's lovely being able to teach your own language and seeing how a student learns it and advances, thanks to what you are able to contribute. It's not just about the language, but also about being able to teach our culture, as both things go hand in hand.

It's a career path that I had never thought about before and I think that it will be very rewarding in the future. Teaching a language is a creative activity and constantly changes. It is also something strategic as you have to know how to understand the student's needs and find the best way to teach them so that they learn most effectively. I think that this is the base for success. We don't all learn in the same way. You can end up planning a lesson and it all goes smoothly, or you can end up not finishing what you had planned because the subject was so interesting that it lasted longer than expected, or perhaps because the subject was difficult to grasp and you needed more time than originally thought to reach the aim of the class. It's very interesting finding different ways to address a topic and to teach it and this is what I most enjoy doing. Creating fun and interesting classes is definitely a challenge, which I like very much.

I hope to have some of my own students very soon so that I can put into practice all that I have learnt. Thank you Alfredo for the comments, they were very helpful. Now time to work!

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